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Anjum Sharma to woo audience in Mirzapur 2

Amazon Prime Video series Mirzapur featuring Pankaj Tripathi, Ali Fazal and Divyendu Sharma received a humongous response from the audience for its gripping storyline, impactful characters and dialogues, creating huge anticipation and curiosity amongst them.

The series that ended on an interesting note also introduced the character of Sharad Shukla, essayed by actor Anjum Sharma, who is set to enter the world of crime and take on the Mafias including Kaleen Bhaiya and Guddu portrayed by Pankaj Tripathi and Ali Fazal respectively.

Anjum’s character has generated high interest in the audience, making them hungry to know more about his game of action in the second series and how he stands against them.

A source informs, “From here on, it’s going to be rivalry and drama between these interesting and powerful characters. From being a peace-loving guy to being someone who is set to take on the biggest mafias of his state, Sharad Shukla is set to change the dynamics of the world of crime in season 2.”

“The pre-production work has already begun and is expected to roll soon. Things are moving at a very exhilarating speed considering the huge anticipation,” the source adds.

Talking about Sharad’s character, director Gurmmeet Singh informs, “Sharad’s casting was slightly tricky because we knew that season 2 would see his character emerge and become more powerful in the series. So we were very clear that we needed someone who could easily carry his own weight and is a seasoned actor. We convinced Anjum that even though his part wasn’t long enough in the first series, it will carry forward in the next season. We are lucky that it worked out both ways and we had Anjum to play “Sharad”.

Having been actively involved in Theatre for over a Decade, Anjum has been part of the Oscar-winning Slumdog Millionaire and Farhan Akhtar’s Wazir. The talented actor has also been part of a popular digital film for Hotstar- Baaki Itihaas, based on the writing of renowned writer Baadal Sarkar.

 

Yaaneea Bharadwaj to make her acting debut in Zoya Akhtar’s new creation

Yaaneea Bharadwaj who has been a theatre artist and a known face for TV commercial is all set to make her acting debut in Excel Entertainments new Amazon Prime Special ‘Made In Heaven’. The show is a Zoya Akhtar and Reema Kagti creation and is a multi-director web-series. Yaaneea who was last seen in a TV commercial with Hrithik Roshan is definitely going to raise a lot of heartbeats with her presence and performance in the show.

Yaaneea spoke about her being roped for the role in the show, “My character is a Punjabi girl who is completely opposite to who I am in real life. But still, I felt an instant connection with the character which made me realize how much I wanted to be a part of this journey with Zoya ma’am as I’ve always adored her work. To be a part of the series and portray a character in her creation meant a lot to me.”

“My episode was directed by Prashant Nair who was extremely professional and sweet at all times. He knows how to get the best out of any actor and is a perfect example of an actor’s director. Farhan Akhtar and Ritesh Sidhwani’s Excel’s team also made sure I was comfortable and at my peek at all times during the shoot.”

Yaaneea added on her preparations for the show, “Although most of my dialogues were in Hindi I had to prepare myself for a Punjabi accent while speaking Hindi for which I used to converse in Punjabi with all my friends starting a 10-15 days prior to the shoot. I even gained 4kgs of weight in order to look perfect for my part as she’s a typical Punjabi girl.”

This web-series is sure a star-studded affair but Yaaneea is expected to stand out with her bubbly and innocent character. ‘Made In Heaven’ will be Zoya Akhtar’s and Excel Entertainments next venture right after their Valentines hit Gully Boy and Yaaneea is set to ablaze the audience this International Women’s Day which coincidently is Yaaneea’s birthday, with a performance to watch out for.

Bhavdeep Romana congratulated by the big names of the industry for his single ‘O’Bekadar’

Bhavdeep Romana the MTV reality show ‘Dating in the dark 2018’ contestant is released his first Single soon alongside Kashika Patiyal. The track ‘O’Bekadar’ has been set by Master Saleem by T-Series and Starring Bhavdeep Romana.

It is a romantic single which has a twist where Kashika who is suffering from a disorder and is head over heels for Bhavdeep. It’s a beautiful song that shows love can win over everything.

For the single, videos were shared where Big names from the industry like Mika Singh and Ismail Darbar were extending support and congratulated Bhavdeep for his first Single.

Mika Singh mentions,” I have seen him on the MTV channel, he is really talented so keep rocking and all the best for all your future endeavours.” Even Ismail Darbar mentions, “A new and really talented artist is going to come in the industry that is Bhavdeep Romana. A young talented artist and I wish him all the luck for his new Single.”

After a lot hard work Bhavdeep is finally set to see his single release. In conversation with Romana, he mentions,” It is a really proud moment for me, as I am working with some great artists and T-series. I have been waiting for this day and here it is finally. The poster has been released and I am really excited as the single will be released soon!”

He also adds, “I am really nervous and excited as to how my audience will accept the new version of me.”

Farhan Akhtar reunites with Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra after six years for Toofan

After Bhaag Milkha Bhaag, Farhan Akhtar is all set to reunite with Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra for a film on boxing.

After 2013, 6 years later, the hit combination of Farhan Akhtar and Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra are all set to reunite on screen for a film based on boxing titled Toofan, an Excel Entertainment production in association with ROMP Pictures.

Farhan Akhtar took to social media to announce as he shares, “Thrilled to share that 6 years after Bhaag Milkha Bhaag, @rakeyshommehra and I are reuniting to create #Toofan .. a heartfelt story of a boxer.  ‪Hope for your best wishes as we embark on this new journey. Love.”

The film is not a biopic. It is a fictional story scripted by Anjum Rajabali. Farhan fell in love with it as soon as he heard it. Rakeysh has already started with the prep and Farhan will be training extensively in boxing.

After playing Olympian sprinter Milkha Singh, Farhan is all set to play the role of a boxer in another sports-drama film titled Toofan.

Excel Entertainment presents Toofan an Excel Entertainment production in association with ROMP Pictures.

The Chandigarh boy Bhavdeep Romana to be seen in a single for T-Series

Bhavdeep Romana who is known for debuting in a MTV reality show ‘Dating in the dark 2018’ by Banijay Asia and Viacom 18 is all set to do a single for T-Series.

Bhavdeep is working alongside Kashika Patiyal in a romantic single which has a twist where Kaniska who is suffering from a disorder is head over heels for Bhavdeep. It’s a beautiful song that shows love can win over everything.

Before debuting for the in National television on MTV Bhavdeep had appeared as a lead actor in a Punjabi movie called Nagara which was premiered at PIFF- Punjab International Film Festival.

Other than doing singles and short films, Bhavdeep has done events with celebrities like Guru Randhawa, Farhan Akhtar, Gurdas Mann, Dilijit Dosanjh, Neha Kakkar and many more.

His passion was always to work in the entertainment industry, and through his hard work he has been achieving his dream.

In conversation with Bhavdeep, he mentions, “I have always had a passion towards music and acting, my family was really supportive of my decision. From my college days, I have performed on stage and then I shifted to Mumbai to pursue my dreams. It has been a sweet and long journey. Now working with T-Series has put me on a larger platform. It is a beautiful song of loving and accepting a person in any condition. It was a wonderful experience working alongside Kashika Patiyal I am really excited as the single will be soon released!”

I could not have asked for a better debut than GOLD : Lakshya Kochhar

What started as an Assistant Directors journey for Bhopal’s 25 year Old Lakshya Kochhar has now turned into his Bollywood debut in GOLD- the historical period sports drama film directed by Reema Kagti and produced by Ritesh Sidhwani and Farhan Akhtar under the Excel Entertainment banner. Lakshya bagged his first film right after he completed assisting Shujaat Saudagar on Rock On 2.

Talking about his experience on working on Gold, Lakshya said “It’s been an overwhelming experience working with Reema Ma’am and Akshay Sir. I could not have asked for a better debut than Gold. Having worked with Excel Entertainment before behind the camera, it feels great to be on the other side this time. I am sure the audiences will love the film and the storyline will touch the right chord.”

Gold tells the real-life story of India’s first gold medal after independence at the Olympics. The movie is fictionalised tale of sports in India between 1933 and 1948 with a focus on hockey.

Abhishek Kapoor has another fallout – this time with KriArj Entertainment & T-Series !

KriArj Entertainment who are fast gaining the reputation of backing some of the biggest blockbusters and music giants and production house T-Series announced their association with Kedarnath directed by Abhishek Kapoor.
While there has been ample speculation surrounding the severing of this partnership, official sources confirm that KriArj Entertainment and T-Series faced major financial and creative differences with the filmmaker.

These reports come as no surprise especially since Abhishek Kapoor has a history of fallouts through the span of his professional career. The filmmaker was earlier involved in spats with actor-filmmaker Farhan Akhtar , Excel Productions, veteran superstar Rekha and filmmaker Apoorva Lakhia among others.

Sources reveal that owing to his history and lack of professionalism, the film had no takers until KriArj Entertainment came on board to produce the film.

The new age studio, who shares a great equation with T-Series later brought them on board as well to look after other aspects like the music, digital, satellite and cable rights. However, both the studios were wary with Abhishek’s interference in their financial decisions and his constant delays in delivering the film .The film was going grossly over budget as Kapoor’s planning was completely unprofessional and disorganized as the entire production was being handled by Kapoor’s Guy In the Sky Pictures.

Says an inside source, “KriArj Entertainment and T-Series decided to come on board since they believed in the film and in Abhishek Kapoor’s vision. However, as Kedarnath unfolded several issues pertaining the dates of the talent , prep time and delays in the film’s delivery began cropping up. Abhishek replaced several of the crew members and technicians at the very last minute. Despite investing a huge some of funding into the project , Kedarnath was going way over budget owing to Gattu’s constant unreasonable demands . He not only delayed the shoot of the film by six months but also majorly interfered in the film’s financial planning and overall business workings. Abhishek also demanded that a higher price be quoted for the music rights and this despite T-Series being music moguls and being the best in the music industry.”

Adds the source, ” Deciding a film’s release date should be the producers call since they are the one’s investing huge sums into the project. However, Abhishek interfered in that as well and went on to announce a release date on Twitter without consulting KriArj Entertainment who were against releasing the film on the same date as Zero. There were also rumors of Abhishek Kapoor not allowing KriArj to sign Sara Ali Khan for another film they were in talks for and pressurized the studio to drop the film. It came to a point where the makers refused to put up with Kapoor’s arm twisting. For now Kedarnath is on hold until everything is clear on papers.”